|Offseason Grades: Pacific Division|
The Pacific Division is home to the two-time defending champion, one perennial contender and three teams that didn't even crack 30 wins last season. For the Lakers, this was a cushy division to begin with, and that's before they improved with some subtle but significant tweaks over the summer. Their stiffest competition, the Suns, took a step backward with the loss of Amar'e Stoudemire. And their intra-city rivals, the Clippers, squandered a chance to make a free-agent splash. The Warriors got new ownership and the Kings a promising big man, but both of those clubs are still building, while the Lakers, again, look like a finished product.